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Former Pasco schools principal to head Hillsborough Early Learning Coalition

Steve Knobl, a one-time principal of Pasco's Gulf High and Bayonet Point Middle schools, was named Thursday to lead the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, which oversees state-funded prekindergarten and child care programs.

Knobl, who led the Land O'Lakes campus of Rasmussen College until late 2015, replaces Dave McGerald, who worked for the coalition for 15 years. Knobl had been a candidate for several administrative jobs in the Pasco school district over the past few months.

"Steve has a thorough understanding of the needs of our organization and our Board of Directors has no doubt that he is the right person to take the helm at ELCHC as it enters its 16th year," coalition board chairman Aakesh Patel said in a news release. "Steve is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates."